Paris Studio Residencies 2016-18

Ericka Beckman, HIATUS film installation at VeneKlasen/Werner, Berlin, 2015.

Posted by Katherine Welsch January 21, 2016


The Sam Fox School has selected the next group of artists and designers for residencies at the College & Graduate School of Art's Paris studio at the Cité Internationale des Arts.

For more than two decades, the Paris studio residencies have provided alumni, faculty, and students of the College & Graduate School of Art a place to focus on the development of their work, while broadening their international network and immersing themselves in French culture.

Alumni Doug Powell, Ericka Beckman, Corey Escoto, Kristin Fleischmann, and Frankie Holt, along with professor Stan Strembicki, have each been awarded a residency for at least two months, from sometime between May 2016 and April 2018. Excerpts from each of their proposals are listed below.

The School issues a biannual call for applications for the residencies, and artists are selected by a small committee composed of previous recipients.

May-June 2016: Doug Powell, BFA88

The past decade, Powell notes, has been one of dramatic change in the design profession. He plans to take stock of this time of dramatic change in his profession by documenting the ideas and observations he’s been assembling through the project 60 Days. 60 Essays on Design. The definition of an "essay" will be stretched and reoriented: on certain days it will take shape in traditional written form, while other days it might be an email exchange with a colleague, an audio recording, or a visual image. While the form of each essay will morph, the purpose will be clear and concise: to articulate this remarkable moment for design and designers. Following the residency, Powell hopes to publish the collection as a book.

Image credit: Doug Powell, health education kit for people recovering from weight loss surgery.

July-August 2016: Ericka Beckman, BFA74

This residency will allow Beckman to take advantage of two important opportunities to advance her work. She will work with L'Abominable, an artist-run film laboratory in Paris, as part of a new film she is creating for a 2017 gallery show at MOT International in London. In addition, she will participate in a short-term research residency in the film archive of Le Centre de Georges Pompidou's Film Department.

Image credit: Ericka Beckman, film frame from 16mm film Switch Center, exhibited at VeneKlasen/Werner, Berlin, 2015.

January-April 2017: Corey Escoto, MFA07

In his recent work, Escoto has experimented with analog processes—specifically the polaroid—while exploring surface/material, illusion, and the political implications of how we perceive and engage with the world around us. Given that his process involves a form of "visual collaging" and image building through photography, he believes a change of context—working in Paris—will affect a new direction in his work. Additionally, Escoto hopes to research his growing interest in early experimental cinema through frequent trips to Light Cone, the Paris-based film preservation and distribution nonprofit.

Image credit: Corey Escoto, Sleight of Hand, photo sculpture installation.

May-June 2017: Stan Strembicki, professor

Strembicki plans to spend his residency photographing the architecture and streets of Paris in much the same manner as Eugène Atget, a pioneer of documentary photography. Photography portfolios Strembicki created in Florence, Italy (from 1990-2012) and New Orleans (1984-present) will greatly inform this new body of work, as he investigates the relationship between architecture, people, and life in the urban landscape within the historical context of Paris.

Image credit: Stan Strembicki, Florence, Italy.

July-August 2017: Kristin Fleischmann, MFA11

This residency will allow Fleischmann to expand her practice as an artist and curator in two ways. First, she will pursue a collaborative curatorial project with the Kadist Foundation, a nonprofit arts organization in Paris, which will result in exhibitions and programs in both Paris and at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis, where she is manager of programs. Second, she plans to create a new series of drawings, paintings, and assemblages inspired by research on Parisian textiles and their history. Specifically, she plans to research the collections at Musée des Tissuset des Arts Décoratifs, Musée De La Mode De La Ville De Paris, Musées des Arts Décoratifs, and Musée de L'Impression sur Etoffes.

Image credit: Kristin Fleischmann, Lesser Forms, 2015, 12' x 8' x 10', canvas enamel, spray paint, and wood.

January-April 2018: Frankie Holt, BFA90

First exposed to black-and-white photography by professor Stan Strembicki as a BFA student, Holt draws inspiration from such luminaries as Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, and Henri Cartier-Bresson as she hits the city streets to take photos that “somehow capture a glimpse into the unknown.” Her project, SAME SAME, started in January 2015, features a body of images from the streets in both Myanmar and in western cities. She is traveling to Myanmar again in January 2016 to continue that side of the project, and will use her residency in at the Cité to complete the project and solidify its meaning.

Image credit: Frankie Holt, Myanmar men, January 2015, Mrauk U, Myanmar.

About the Cité

Since its opening in 1965, the Cité Internationale des Arts has accommodated more than 18,000 artists from all over the world. The foundation has partnerships with a vast network of associates, and its founders include a large number of states, schools, institutes, universities, and ministries from close to 50 countries.

Residents may practice their artistic discipline and develop their creative techniques for the duration of their stay at the Cité Internationale des Arts. The residence also houses an exhibition area where artists can display their works and an auditorium where they can perform concerts.